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girls’ weekend

Hey hey hey! How are you?? How’s the week treating ya?

We are knees.deep in moving insanity. Liv and I got back from San Diego yesterday, then it was straight to packing up last-minute boxes, errands, dinner at my dad’s house, then checking into the hotel. Our house is completely packed up, which is crazy, and we’ll be flying out to Georgia this week. It’s hard to believe that by this time next week, we’ll by in our new house in our new place. It’s exciting, and weird, and terrible, and wonderful all at the same time.

For now, let’s talk about San Diego!!

Palm tree

W livi at corvettes

Better buzz

(You know I had to get a Better Buzz ASAP.)

Liv and I flew into town Saturday morning,

and had the best time catching up with friends. We headed straight from the airport to the park, where 3 of her little BFFs and their mamas (my friends) were waiting. The girls played for a couple of hours -it was so sweet how they kept giggling and hugging each other- while we caught up on a park bench about life. 

When everyone started to get hangry, we headed over to Corvette Diner to grab a late lunch/early dinner.

Corvette Diner is one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in San Diego. It’s SO fun, and the food is actually pretty good. They have a giant arcade, so you can play games while you wait, plus eclectic 50s decor, singing/dancing, and the opportunity to get a straw hairstyle from your server. 

Straw hair

They also have a full-up bar for the adults, plus delicious milkshakes and desserts.

After hitting up the arcade as we waited for our table, we headed to our spot in the “groovy” room, and ordered food. I decided to do a turkey burger on a lettuce wrap with sweet potato fries. The girls got animal balloons and danced around with them happily (I had to post a Boomerang on Instagram because it was so cute) and then we said our “bye until tomorrow” since we had another playdate planned for Sunday.

Liv and I headed to Betsy’s house to hang out with her family. I was lucky because I just saw her a few weeks ago, but Liv hadn’t seen them since we left for Tucson. We spent both nights there, and then woke up to head to Point Loma Sports Club for a morning spin class.

Gym buddy

(ps I have to tell you about these leggings. They are so comfy and flattering, and the mesh isn’t scratchy. They’re my new faves.)

Class was SO fun and sweaty -their new TechnoGym bikes are AMAZING- and it was so nice to be back in my old teaching spot. It makes such a huge difference to visit a gym you already know when you travel. Instead of trying to find everything, you already know exactly where your favorite equipment is located. 

After the our workout, we made a quick stop at Starbucks and Trader Joe’s, then headed back to Betsy’s for breakfast. We made eggs and oatmeal, and I whipped up the best pasta salad ever for our playdate.

Best pasta salad

A group of our friends came over for a day of splashing and playing. 

Kids playing

Betsy set up their enormous inflatable pool + slide, and everyone brought snacks and treats. Along with the best pasta salad ever, we had chicken parm sticks and baked mac n’ cheese

Snackies

(both were from Trader Joe’s and huge hits with the kiddos!)

fresh fruit,

salad,

veggies and dip,

mimosas (yesssss),

and these freshly-baked angel food cakes.

Angel food cake

They were outta this world amazing. I haven’t had angel food cake in forever, and that had been a mistake. I forgot how much I love it!

The parents chatted on the deck and drank mimosas, while the kids splashed in the water and played inside with toys for about four hours. After everyone headed home, Liv and I got ready to meet up with Jess and her daughter at UTC for shopping and more playtime.

I didn’t get the chance to take a pic with Jess, but I did get one of the beautiful macarons she picked up for us.

Macaons

It was such a special treat to spend time with her and her sweet daughter. She and Livi have been friends pretty much since they were babies, and they’re so sweet and cute together. I always love any time I can spend with this girl, too, and the timing was perfect since they’ll also be moving. The girls played on the play structure outside, shopped at the toy store, and rode the train around. 

After they headed home, Liv and I popped into ivivva, and then grabbed a dinner at Seasons 52. I asked her where she wanted to eat and when she pointed to Seasons and said, “That place that has the little desserts,” it didn’t take much arm-twisting. Seasons?! YES. 

It’s equally amazing and tragic that Liv doesn’t feel at all like a baby anymore. When meals out used to take a lot of hands-on entertaining, and cleaning, and help with utensils (which I didn’t mind in the least, but it was active work the entire time), there’s none of that now. It’s like all of the work part is gone, and it’s just pure joy and fun to take her out to eat. We had a great conversation and enjoyed the meal together. 

I didn’t even think about ordering anything else on the menu: I got my favorite salmon salad and a glass of Jam Jar Shiraz (<— It’s like candy and you can usually find it at Whole Foods) 

Dinner

After dinner (which was perfection), we headed back to Betsy’s for Liv’s bedtime. After she crashed out the in the guest room, I headed upstairs to hang out with Betsy and  We stayed up late talking about the most random things (the best) and then I headed to bed to blog and call it a night.

Monday morning, it was back to the airport to head back to Tucson! 

Livi bear2

While we were in San Diego, I had a list of mental things I’d like to do while we were there (in addition to seeing as many people as possible). Mostly they were things I wanted to eat, or places I wanted to shop. I didn’t end up having any acai bowls or poke bowls, didn’t hit up Miss Match (my favorite little boutique), and it didn’t even matter. The best part about being back was jumping back into a tiny bit of our old life for a second: seeing all of the friends who were like our family, and being back at our favorite spots. For Liv it was the park, and at Betsy’s house playing with her school buddies, and for me, it was walking around Liberty Station, taking a class at the gym I adore so much, and being surrounded by awesome friends. The people truly make the place. While Georgia is completely different than anything Liv and P are used to, I think that they will love it for the awesome people who are there and the great adventures we’ll have.

And the good news is that our San Diego friends live in a sweet vacation destination spot, so I have a feeling we’ll be back to visit again eventually.

This morning, it’s off to do our taxes (so much adulting happening this week haha) and then to take the girls to the zoo.

Hope you have a great day!

xoxo

Gina

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36 Comments

  1. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on April 4, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Omg, Liv looks so grown up!! I can’t believe it! And that pasta salad is amazing… I make it for parties all the time!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      So happy you like it, too!

  2. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on April 4, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Good luck with the move! It looks like you had a great weekend catching up in San Diego.

  3. LeeAnn on April 4, 2017 at 7:21 am

    What a fun weekend!! I went to Corvette Diner for my 20th birthday! Totally had the straws in my hair-nice to know that they still do that 14 years later 😉

  4. Christina @ montessoriishmom.com on April 4, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Moving is always so bittersweet. I’m glad you got one last weekend in San Diego and how fun to spend some one on one time with Liv!

  5. SS on April 4, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Ok, since I’m from SD, must know where those angel food cakes are from! Wow! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      The elegant truffle! They were seriously perfect

  6. Jamie @ madrediem on April 4, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Liv’s little outfit with the purple headband is SO CUTE!! I was in the military myself and since separating, I’m in a career where we typically move every couple of years – I know what you’re feeling right now. It’s so exciting to go somewhere new (or new-ish in your case) but also really sucks to leave everyone behind. Like you, I have friends all over the place, get to go visit as much as possible, and have the ability to have so many adventures in so many cool places with my kids and husband. There are definite downsides, but mostly ups to living our gypsy lifestyle!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      That is so true! Lots of cons but way more pros

  7. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

    It’s TOTALLY all about the people. Liv’s adorable, and I also love Jam Jar. 🙂 Good luck with taxes and packing and moving!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you, friend! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  8. Vanessa | The Real Life on April 4, 2017 at 8:45 am

    You are so right about the people making the place. (I also tend to think that the food options nearby–that you can take the people to go enjoy with you!–also makes the place… lol!) Speaking of food, that pasta salad and baked mac n cheese would totally hit the spot right now.

  9. Nathaly @Nathycure on April 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I’m so hungry and that pasta salad made me even more hungry. Need to try that recipe ASAP.

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Yes, you do! I think you’d love it 🙂

  10. Dominique on April 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    “It’s equally amazing and tragic that Liv doesn’t feel at all like a baby anymore.” That’s exactly how I feel about our 4 1/2 year old.

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      So real

  11. Nicole Kump on April 4, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Looks like a fun trip! I am sad I didn’t get to meet you while you were in Tucson. My hubby was texting your hubby Friday night while we were at Wildflower (we went there because you had written about it and said you liked it—it’s near where we live and I’d wanted to go–it was so yummy!) and you guys were at your pop-up dinner. Hopefully our pilots can coordinate something next time you guys are in Tucson. Good luck with the move to Valdosta! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      I’m so sad too! Next time we’re here, we need to set something up! How much longer are you in town?? So happy you liked wildflower!

      • Nicole Kump on April 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm

        We are here at least til summer 2018, so a while thankfully! And yeah, Wildflower was great….way too many good restaurants here and not enough time! We’ll take you to Union Public House next time for Moscow mules!

  12. Lindsey on April 4, 2017 at 11:15 am

    If you gained 5-10 lbs you’d look so much better. Just a thought. I have noticed lately how drawn and tired you look. I am not saying this to offend you – I wish someone would tell me to gain weight, ha.

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much for your concern. I probably look rough because things are a bit crazy right now. Getting ready to move your family across the country is a little intense haha

      • Stephanie on April 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

        Please don’t let Lindsey’s voice bother you. You look great and you are smart enough to know what your body needs. We have no business telling people that they should lose or gain weight.

  13. Brittany on April 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Good luck with the move! And that restaurant looks so fun! I always am looking for fun kid friendly places to bring my girls:)
    And I bet they had a blast on that waterslide!
    Oh and those angel food cakes, really though… I wish they delivered!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Right?! They were SO AMAZING

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      thank you!
      yes, i wish they delivered, too haha

  14. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    A vacation before moving. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

  15. Allison S on April 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Omg! Are those angel food cakes purchased from somewhere? If so where? I need that chocolate chip one!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      yes! one of my friends’ moms went to the elegant truffle and learned how to make them; that’s where they’re from
      you need one

  16. Nicole on April 5, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Yay! Hope the move is going smoothly!

    Hey – cause just what you need is some blog errors, but the search function on the site isn’t working past page 1, you get the first page of results, but when you try to go to the next page of results it poo poo’s out 🙁

  17. Annie on April 6, 2017 at 3:52 am

    What a fun girls trip for the two of you!! Those angel food cakes look amazing and I NEED to make that pasta salad!!

  18. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on April 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Livi looks so grown up in that last picture! Also, how have I gone 29 years of my life without ever having CHOCOLATE CHIP angel food cake?

  19. kelli @ hungry hobby on April 6, 2017 at 7:28 am

    There are so many positives about living in all kinds of new places, but also, so many negatives. I’m sure it’s so hard, just know we appreciate your family’s service to our country!

  20. mallory @ boston runner on April 6, 2017 at 7:52 am

    that pasta salad looks bomb. i am a sucker for anything pasta – that looks super fresh and summery! yuuumm

  21. Christina on April 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I just bought Jam Jar! I love a Pinot noir, but thought I’d try something different. Hoping it’s not overly sweet!! Good luck on the move!!!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      how did you like it?!

      • Christina on April 11, 2017 at 5:16 am

        Loved it! Definitely was great to sip in the warmer weather we had this weekend!

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